posted on Jun, 20 2014 @ 09:52 AM
The Story Goes like this
GOLDEN, COLORADO — The deep snow cover in Colorado’s mountains, well above average this year everywhere except the southern part of the
state, is melting and running off very quickly in June. It’s an annual event that is watched closely by farmers who depend on irrigation water,
water managers eager to see their reservoirs filled, kayakers and rafters looking for white water thrills, and increasingly by scientists looking at
how the West is doing in a warming world.
For about the last decade, a small group of researchers has been studying a particular aspect of the annual snowmelt in the Colorado Rockies: how it
is affected by dust that blows in from Arizona, southern Utah, and other points in the desert Southwest and settles in layers on the mountain snow. In
part, their research is driven by the huge importance of the mighty Colorado River, which begins high in the Rockies and ends its long journey in
Along the way, the Colorado provides water for some 40 million people, and more than five million acres of cropland in some of the richest
agricultural regions in the U.S.
So to break it down the drought in California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada is causing dust to settle here in Colorado. Settle on top of our snow pack.
Why that's a bad thing is--- the darker dust makes the snow melt faster.
Normally snow melts slowly in the high country, thus creating a constant steady downstream flow of fresh water.
But the dust on the snow had the result where we had localized flooding here, our rivers running at record high levels! Flooding!
Now at first you would think that a good thing right?
More water for the farmers down stream to grow their crops.
but the problem is they can only store so much water. Water which is constantly running down hill until it reaches the sea.
More water now, but to soon for the peak growing season later in the summer.
and since the snow is melting too fast--- there will not be more coming letter in the season when the farmers need it most.
In other words it's become a self sustaining vicious cycle.
is the research center that watches for dust levels and I gave you a link to there website.
It is interesting to read through their reports--- also a bit disturbing when you pause to think about the ramifications of this early
edit on 20-6-2014 by HardCorps because: (no reason given)